Monday, October 17, 2005

Comfort Food for a Rainy Day.

Winter is upon us and depending on where you live (north of the equator), it's either rain or snow -or both. But definitely a wet something! So we search for warmth and comfort and fend off those hibernation tendencies that would keep us in our cave all winter.
We seek good comfy restaurants and the restaurants struggle to keep us interested. There are a million variations of a theme in cuisine offerings but sometimes we just have to dip into the real comfort food and cook ourselves a good meatloaf at home. Add some garlic mashed potatoes and a little green stuff then curl up later like a fat cat on a rainy day.
While I was researching some food books I came across a recipe for meatloaf that was purported to be the most requested recipe in 1985. It is Ann Lander’s meatloaf. So here’s to a rainy day treat. (you southern folks could do this on a cold wet day too).

Ann Lander’s Meatloaf

Serves 6

2 pounds ground round
2 eggs beaten
1 ½ cups bread crumbs
¾ cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Accent
½ cup warm water
1 package instant onion soup mix
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 strips bacon
1 can tomato sauce (8oz.)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together all the ingredients except the bacon and tomato sauce.
Blend thoroughly. Put the mixture in an oiled loaf pan.
Smooth out the top with a spatula.
Lay the bacon down the length of the meat loaf and pour the tomato sauce over it all.
Bake in middle oven for 1 hour.

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